January 6, 2017
my experience with phonak hearing aids with phonak autosenseos

How Hearing Aids with AutoSense OS Affected my Travels

As a hearing aid wearer with 40 years of exposure to the developing technologies, it’s been fascinating to experience Phonak’s AutoSense OS operating system in my new hearing aids. 

I have worn hearing aids since I was two years old, …

October 17, 2016
Marlee Matlin responds to claims deaf people retarded

Are deaf people “retarded?”: Marlee Matlin and stigmas on hearing loss

Like anyone with a hearing loss, I’ve had to bust through preconceptions and prejudices all my life.

The word, “retard” is one that has come up a few times. 

Last week, this stigmas made headlines with actress Marlee Matlin, …

August 10, 2016

How to Talk to People with Hearing Loss

Many people can use a few tips for talking to others with hearing loss, so let’s discuss ways you can better communicate in that scenario.

First off, there’s a misnomer in the “hearing loss” idea because many folks think this …

July 18, 2016

Life Will Be More Fun, and 3 Other Reasons My Parent Should Get Hearing Aids

Somewhere, thousands of kilometres away, my beloved Dad is laid up in convalescence with a busted foot. One of his two ancient hearing aids finally died of late, and my stepmom wanted to arrange to buy a new one for
June 13, 2016
Phonak Naida V powerful, sleek and small hearing aids

My new powerful, sleek and small hearing aids

My new Phonak Naida V hearing aids are a slimmer behind-the-ear hearing aid than I’ve ever had before.

That may not sound like a big (or little?) deal to most folks, but it really made me happy when fitting day …

June 6, 2016
Getting new hearing aids

Getting new hearing aids: What I hear, what I don’t, and two places I love using them

I’ve worn hearing aids for 40 years, so getting new hearing aids can be sort of an emotional roller coaster for me. 

For my most recent fitting, I flew back from Mexico to Canada and had a time crunch of …

May 31, 2016
My Hearing Aid Fitting Day

Hearing Aid Fitting Day: Ups, Downs and Why It’s Worth It!

Getting fitted for new hearing aids should be an exciting thing, and it is, but like some Facebook relationship statuses, “it’s complicated.”

For me, hearing aids have never been “right” when they are fresh from the box. My hearing aid …

May 23, 2016

Updating my 7-Year-Old Hearing Aids

Last August, I found myself in the hectic final weeks before launching the biggest dream of my life – selling everything to travel the world for five years. It was a tidal wave of preparations, and the to-do lists
May 16, 2016

World traveler, writer… and hearing aid wearer

Hi. I’m Steff. I’m a world traveler, writer and hearing aid wearer. But that’s just the beginning. 

My first go-round with adventure came by way of life’s adversities. 

If you’d asked me four years ago if I would pack up …